Desiigner Holds Off Drake Atop Hot 100, Prince & Beyonce Hit Top 10
"Panda" rules for a second week. Plus, Prince returns to the top 10 & "Formation" launches at No. 10
Desiigner's debut hit "Panda" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 14), fending off Drake's "One Dance," which climbs 3-2. Meanwhile, two beloved '80s hits by Prince re-enter the top 10 and Beyonce debuts at No. 10 with "Formation," from her new No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Lemonade.
Just like every Monday when the chart is refreshed, the Hot 100's top 10 songs are in formation, so let's run them down. Highlights of the airplay, sales and streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.
"Panda," released on imprint G.O.O.D. Music (founded by Kanye West) and label Def Jam, maintains its top rank on the Hot 100 as it also spends a second week atop the Streaming Songs chart, with 36.6 million U.S. streams (up 5 percent), in the week ending April 28, according to Nielsen Music. Approximately two-thirds of the track's Hot 100 points are from streaming, with more than half its clicks from user-generated and audio clips on his YouTube channel (with no official video for the song yet released).
"Panda" plummets 2-13 on Digital Songs (102,000 downloads sold, down 10 percent; keep reading to see why several current hits fall in the upper reaches of the sales tally) but powers 27-19 on Radio Songs (51 million in airplay audience, up 19 percent). It spends a fourth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart and a second frame atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
"Panda" has additionally drawn buzz via its sample in West's "Pt. 2," from West's album The Life of Pablo, which debuted atop the April 23 Billboard 200. "Pt. 2" hit its No. 54 high on the Hot 100 the same week. And, as reported last week, with Desiigner from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, N.Y., "Panda" is the first Hot 100 No. 1 by a U.S.-born act after a record 41 consecutive weeks of non-American talent topping the chart. In that span, nine straight No. 1s by acts from outside the U.S., also a record streak, reigned.
"Panda" remains atop the Hot 100 with a 2 percent gain in overall points, holding off Drake's "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla, which surges by 22 percent and rises 3-2. "Dance" darts 3-2 on Streaming Songs (26.4 million, up 10 percent) and 16-12 on Radio Songs (69 million, up 40 percent), good for top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a third straight week. On Digital Songs, it dips 7-10 but with a 43 percent vault to 121,000. The track is from Drake's album Views, which is set to storm next week's Billboard 200 (dated May 21) at No. 1 with more than 800,000 in traditional sales, which would mark a new weekly high for the star.
Notably, Drake ties his best Hot 100 rank as a lead artist. He previously reached No. 2 as a lead with his debut hit, "Best I Ever Had," in 2009 and "Hotline Bling," which peaked at No. 2 in October. He's notched two No. 1s, both as featured on songs with Rihanna billed as the lead: "What's My Name?" (one week, 2010) and "Work," which slides 4-6 after falling from the summit last week after nine weeks at No. 1.
Lukas Graham's "7 Years" slips to No. 3 from its No. 2 peak on the Hot 100, but takes over as the most-heard song on U.S. radio, rising 2-1 on the Radio Songs chart (136 million, up 10 percent). The track unseats Justin Bieber's' "Love Yourself" after 11 weeks atop Radio Songs. (Meanwhile, "Love" departs the Hot 100's top 10, falling 9-15, after logging its first 23 weeks on the chart in the top 10, setting the record for the most consecutive weeks spent in the top 10 from a song's debut. This week also ends Bieber's streak of 34 straight weeks in the Hot 100's top 10, tallied via "Love," "Sorry" and "What Do You Mean?," all from his album Purpose. Still, as reported earlier today, "Love Yourself" becomes Bieber's first No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.)
As fans have celebrated the music of Prince following his April 21 passing, the late legend ranks in the Hot 100's top 10 for the first time in 22 years. Two of his classics return to the region: "Purple Rain" (credited to Prince and the Revolution) jumps 17-4 and "When Doves Cry" leaps 20-8; the songs peaked at Nos. 2 and 1 (the latter for five weeks), respectively, in 1984. Prince had last placed in the Hot 100's top 10 with "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," which hit No. 3 on the April 30, 1994, chart (and remained in the top 10 through the chart dated June 18, 1994).
Prince charts two songs in the top 10 simultaneously for the first time in nearly 32 years. In 1984, he doubled up for three weeks: that Sept. 1, "Doves" ranked at No. 5 and "Let's Go Crazy," No. 8; that Oct. 20 and 27, "Crazy" and "Rain" charted in the top 10 together. (Coincidentally, on that Oct. 27, 1984, Hot 100, the last time until this week that Prince held down two top 10 spots at the same time, he placed at Nos. 4 and 8, with "Rain" at No. 4 … just as he does this week.)
Following the first full week of tracking after Prince's death, "Rain" holds atop Digital Songs with 282,000 downloads sold (up 132 percent), marking the biggest sales week for a song since Adele's "Hello" sold 327,000 (Jan. 16). "Doves" flies 4-2 on Digital Songs with 198,000 (up 98 percent). Prince, in fact, holds a record seven of the top eight spots on Digital Songs (thus, displacing a host of current hits from the tally's top 10).
As previously reported, Prince similarly infuses the Billboard 200 album chart's top 10, claiming five of the chart's top seven positions.
Elsewhere in the Hot 100's top 10, Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" stays at its No. 5 high; "Work," as noted above, drops 4-6; Fifth Harmony's first top 10, "Work From Home," featuring Ty Dolla $ign, falls to No. 7 from its No. 6 peak, although it rises 11-8 on Radio Songs (83 million, up 12 percent), becoming 5H's highest-peaking hit on the airplay chart, besting the No. 9 high of "Worth It," featuring Kid Ink, last year; and, below Prince's "Doves" at No. 8, Zayn's former No. 1-debuting "Pillowtalk" retreats 8-9.
Capping the Hot 100's top 10, Beyonce blasts onto the chart at No. 10 with "Formation." The song, from her album Lemonade, which roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1, is her 16th solo Hot 100 top 10 and first since "Drunk in Love," featuring Jay Z, which reached No. 2 in February 2014. (Beyonce has also notched 10 top 10s as part of Destiny's Child.)
"Formation" bows with roughly two-thirds of its Hot 100 points from sales, as it starts at No. 3 on Digital Songs with 174,000 sold, having gone on sale April 25. It also enters Streaming Songs at No. 43 (6.5 million) with almost all its streaming points from Tidal, which holds exclusive streaming rights to Lemonade. (A nominal portion of streaming points is from user-generated clips featuring the song's official audio.)
"Formation," which also re-enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at a new high of No. 6, had bubbled under the Hot 100 and rose to No. 33 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in March, driven by airplay, when it was not available for purchase (and Tidal did not report the song's streaming totals to Nielsen; none of its streams prior to April 23 were reported by Tidal to Nielsen). The track first made waves in early February, as Beyonce performed it live during the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show (Feb. 7).
Find out more notable news in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column to post later this week. And, visit Billboard.com tomorrow (May 3), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh, as they do each Tuesday. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale Friday (May 6).